****This time of year gets pretty hectic with a lot of activities and special events. Please take note of the important dates that are updated each week & mark them on your calendars!****
March 12 Daylight Saving Time (spring ahead)
March 15 watch 7th/8th grade plays
March 20 begin spring MAP testing
March 21 Reading Games Competition
March 23 Faculty vs 8th grade b-ball game (more info to come)
March 24 End of 3rd Quarter
April 4 Old Creamery Theatre
April 13 STEM FEST at Luther (4-7 PM)
April 14 No School (Spring Break)
Please remember if students bring treats to school for any reason they must be store-bought.
Due to allergies, no homemade treats are allowed. Thank you in advance!
It’s been almost a month since student-led conferences. Now is a good time to have a conversation with your child about the progress s/he is making towards the goal(s) s/he wrote. *Has progress been made? *What evidence do you have? *What’s not working? *What needs to continue and what needs to change? *What are the next steps you’ll need to take to reach your goal?
Coding After School Opportunity (see below)
Parent’s Still Make the Difference
Click here for the March issue.
Study Buddies: All DMS students are invited to Room 220 (Mrs. Suhr’s room) after school Monday - Thursday until 4:00 to have a quiet place to do work. Staying for Study Buddies is voluntary; students come when they have homework to do and only stay until their work is done! Be sure to communicate with your child about where to go or meet you when they are done.
Junior Achievement: This program consists of 5 classes taught by a community volunteer focused on the improving skills helpful for work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Most classes have had a few sessions of JA already- ask your student what s/he has learned so far.
From Mrs. Halweg:
Math- In math this week we continued to practice dividing with fractions. We divided fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions. Early next week we’ll be working with story problems and division. Your student will be assessed over these skills next Friday, March 17.
From Mr. Kelley:
Reading and Language: Students are studying poetry and figurative language.
Social Studies: Students are currently comparing and contrasting the British and Colonial armies during the American Revolution.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We wrapped up the Sheep in a Jeep investigations, shared our learning, and took a quiz over our learning so far. We also began lessons and readings on forces.
Reading: This week we have been learning about the genre: FOLKTALES! Remember, your child should continue to read at least 20 minutes at home daily (see graphic below)! Students have been asked to produce a 5 minute book-talk after completing their IR book (this is due March 15th).
Language: We have begun a short unit on storytelling. We continue to improve our grammar and spelling skills through daily writing, DLR’s, and word work.
Next week’s VIP: Ki
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We’ve been exploring states of matter, mixtures, and solutions.
Reading and Writing: We are reading fiction stories to help us explore the BIG question: Who is blind and who can see?
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - We are currently learning about the American Revolution. We will test on this chapter approximately March 16.
Language - This week and next, we’ll be spending some time doing a storytelling unit. Students are choosing a folktale to share with the class. They will tell their stories approximately March 21 or 22. Spelling lists are always handed out on Friday for the next week. Spelling tests are always on the last day of the week. We are practicing grammar and writing skills through DLR and Daily Writing.